Monday, November 07, 2011

the smiling is pushing it around

I've been thinking about civic involvement.

Over the years I have crossed paths with people who have such an infectious sense of community that it's difficult not to get caught up in the rip tide of excitement that they generate. These civic boosters, these momentum builders, not only share my vision of what makes a great city, they are not afraid to take action to make that vision happen. Just being in their wake is invigorating.

I have witnessed a lot of changes in my city lately, and the pace of these changes seems to be accelerating. Starting with the groundswell of public engagement that led to the election of the most popular mayor ever, my city is becoming exponentially more inclusive. And you know what happens when a crowd starts to form - it attracts attention.

Recently His Purpleness, our mayor, launched a 3 Things for Calgary initiative, which I think is a great way to get people engaged in making their community better in some way. It's a simple concept: think of 3 things you can do to make your community better, do them, and then tell 3 people about what you did.

I'm still trying to decide on my 3 Things. I do quite a lot of volunteering already, so I don't think I want to necessarily go that route. Must get a bit more creative on my approach, I think.

What 3 Things would you do personally to improve your community?

While I have reservations as to whether or not it will actually improve the city, here's my first blog post with, the Calgary Downtown Association blog.

Because a little shameless self-promotion is always in vogue.


mister anchovy said...

You're very fortunate to have an excellent mayor!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

And we do not intend to swap, Mr Anchovy. Sorry!

LesleyG said...

What a great initiative for an entire community! I fear my conservative community may never get that, but there are still those of us that rage against the machine and volunteer our butts off anyway! ;)

Allison said...

That is a great initiative, but your question has stumped me a bit. I feel my job serves the community, but I'm not sure what else to do outside it, besides the volunteering I already do. Hmm.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Good for you, Lesley, keep raging! Even if the machine doesn't agree.

That's one reason I was a bit uncertain of what to do as well, Al, because I already do volunteer quite a lot. But it's looking beyond volunteering. And I think I have some ideas...